Rejecting Despair, Confronting Challenges by Isi Leibler

I will not add to the flow of articles that have more than adequately analyzed the horrendous ‎long-term consequences of U.S. President Barack Obama's capitulation to the Iranian ‎ayatollah, who to this day explicitly identifies the destruction of Israel as a primary objective ‎and endorses calls of death to America and Israel by his followers. ‎

Iran is an Islamic global counterpart to Hitler's dictatorship in its fiendish denial of human ‎rights. Yet the U.S. is effectively rewarding and reinforcing the leading global promoter of ‎terrorism for its ongoing commitment and fanatic determination to undermine the democratic ‎world. Beyond transforming Iran into a threshold nuclear state, Obama has provided Tehran ‎with $150 billion to intensify its global terrorist activities, in addition to the removal of ‎embargoes of conventional arms and ballistic missiles, thus bringing European and North ‎American cities into the range of Iranian missiles.‎

It has repeatedly been described as "the worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history" and will ‎be recorded as an act of infamy that not merely threatens the survival of Israel and the ‎moderate Arab regimes in the region but capitulates to a fanatic Islamic terrorist state, some of ‎whose leaders would be willing to facilitate a premature paradise for its citizens by engaging in ‎suicidal initiatives in order to bring forward the "end of days." ‎

The U.S. has demeaned itself as a world power and lost the confidence of its traditional friends, having witnessed Obama's lies, his repudiation of crucial assurances initially made in ‎relation to Iran and his betrayal and abandonment of long-standing allies while groveling to ‎rogue states and dictatorships.‎

To his credit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu performed an invaluable service over the ‎past decade by single-handedly fighting valiantly to prevent what would have been an ‎automatic global acceptance of Iran as a full-fledged nuclear power. Without Netanyahu's ‎efforts, the sanctions would never have been imposed. Indeed, the civilized world was close to ‎forcing the Iranians to back down -- had it not been for Obama's inexplicable obsession to ‎engage with the ayatollahs.‎

We must now strategize a new approach. In the short-term, our efforts must be directed ‎toward convincing Congress and the American people of the diabolical global consequences if ‎this agreement is implemented.

The prospects of reversing, or at least introducing additional control or supervisory ‎mechanisms instead of blindly trusting the duplicitous Iranians, are not good. However, we ‎must do all possible to persuade Congress to reject the deal, and if necessary achieve a two-‎thirds majority vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate in order to override the ‎president's veto. That would require a substantial number of Democrats to join the majority ‎Republicans in opposing their president and places special pressure on the 28 Jewish ‎legislators, especially Senator Chuck Schumer, who represents a major Jewish constituency but ‎also seeks to become the Senate Democratic leader.‎

Such action necessitates Israeli politicians to urgently set aside their narrow politics and speak ‎out with one voice in order to neutralize claims that it is only right-wing elements in Israeli ‎society that oppose the Iranian deal. ‎

To his credit, Labor Party Chairman Isaac Herzog has already fully endorsed Netanyahu's efforts in ‎opposing the current deal. He has bitterly condemned the agreement and stated that he would ‎visit the U.S. and warn the Americans that, if consummated, it "will unleash a lion from the ‎cage" and enable an "empire of hate and evil" to undermine Israel's security as well as global ‎stability. ‎

More than ever, the time is now opportune for Herzog to override the radicals is his own camp ‎and join a unity government. Were he to assume the role of foreign minister, Israel would be ‎speaking with one voice which would make an enormous impact on global public opinion. ‎Rumors suggest that negotiations are taking place to bring this about, which would be ‎welcomed by the overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens.‎

Israel's challenge is to persuade congressional Democrats to stand up and if necessary ‎repudiate their own president, not merely because he is endangering Israel but because he is ‎undermining the standing and security of the United States and paving the way for the ‎emergence of an evil global power that could unleash a blight on mankind for future ‎generations.‎

The relatively feeble response to date by the traditionally robust American Jewish leadership ‎has been a significant factor in failing to inhibit Obama from implementing anti-Israeli policies -‎‎- at total variance with the inclinations of the majority of Americans and their congressional ‎leaders. ‎

Belatedly, there is now some movement. Howard Kohr, executive director of the American ‎Israel Public Affairs Committee, has launched a major campaign to persuade Congress to reject ‎the deal. Malcolm Hoenlein expressed his personal opposition when he recently visited Israel ‎with the newly elected head of the President's Conference. But that umbrella body, operating ‎by consensus, has yet to make a clear-cut condemnatory statement. ‎

To his credit, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, in what was possibly his last major ‎public statement prior to his retirement, condemned the Obama administration outright. ‎

Many smaller organizations led by the Zionist Organization of America have bitterly protested ‎against Obama's betrayal but most American groups responded in a tepid manner, even after ‎Herzog forthrightly condemned the deal.‎

The American Jewish Committee headed by David Harris expressed concern but avoided ‎calling on members to lobby Congress to veto the deal. ‎

To their shame, the leadership bodies of the Conservative and Reform movements responded ‎with deafening silence, at best, but many of their "progressive" rabbis are actively supporting ‎Obama. Needless to say, J Street, the "pro-Israel, pro-peace" organization, boasts that it is ‎spending millions of dollars to lobby Congress to support the bill.‎

Unless AIPAC succeeds in reversing these trends, the likelihood of convincing sufficient ‎Democratic congressmen and senators to form a two thirds majority to veto Obama's deal is ‎slim. Obama's despicable decision to bypass Congress and have the deal ratified by the United ‎Nations Security Council before the 60-day review period has led to bipartisan outrage from ‎legislators, with Senator Bob Corker describing the act as "an affront to the American people … ‎an affront to Congress and the House of Representatives." Pursuing such a provocative path ‎suggests that Obama still has concerns about the response of Congress.‎

This will be a tough battle but we must resist defeatism. We must remind ourselves that even if ‎this catastrophic agreement is consummated, we are not a powerless nation. The majority of ‎Iranians are not all deranged Islamists seeking an early paradise and will be deterred by the ‎knowledge that we have the capacity to wipe them off the face of the earth should they, God ‎forbid, ever employ nuclear weapons against us.‎

In the past, Israel's impressive ingenuity succeeded in thwarting threatening challenges. The ‎Israeli citizen is not privy to all strategy but we should remain confident and assured that the ‎government is currently formulating Plan B -- a tactic that will continue to safeguard the ‎security of the Jewish nation, even should this catastrophic deal be consummated.‎

We should also be relieved that Obama's term of office expires in less than 18 months. Of course, during that time he may ‎attempt to introduce further harmful policies which could create serious difficulties for us. But ‎we must remain optimistic: Whoever replaces him will hopefully be a major improvement and ‎may seek to quickly initiate measures to prevent the mullahs from broadening the scope of ‎their global terrorist campaigns, restore equilibrium in the region and regain the confidence of ‎the United States' traditional allies, including Israel.‎

In the meantime, we Israelis should unite and remain confident in our ability to deter our enemies, ‎defend ourselves and overcome challenges in the future as we have in the past.‎

I will not add to the flow of articles that have more than adequately analyzed the horrendous ‎long-term consequences of U.S. President Barack Obama's capitulation to the Iranian ‎ayatollah, who to this day explicitly identifies the destruction of Israel as a primary objective ‎and endorses calls of death to America and Israel by his followers. ‎

Iran is an Islamic global counterpart to Hitler's dictatorship in its fiendish denial of human ‎rights. Yet the U.S. is effectively rewarding and reinforcing the leading global promoter of ‎terrorism for its ongoing commitment and fanatic determination to undermine the democratic ‎world. Beyond transforming Iran into a threshold nuclear state, Obama has provided Tehran ‎with $150 billion to intensify its global terrorist activities, in addition to the removal of ‎embargoes of conventional arms and ballistic missiles, thus bringing European and North ‎American cities into the range of Iranian missiles.‎

It has repeatedly been described as "the worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history" and will ‎be recorded as an act of infamy that not merely threatens the survival of Israel and the ‎moderate Arab regimes in the region but capitulates to a fanatic Islamic terrorist state, some of ‎whose leaders would be willing to facilitate a premature paradise for its citizens by engaging in ‎suicidal initiatives in order to bring forward the "end of days." ‎

The U.S. has demeaned itself as a world power and lost the confidence of its traditional friends, having witnessed Obama's lies, his repudiation of crucial assurances initially made in ‎relation to Iran and his betrayal and abandonment of long-standing allies while groveling to ‎rogue states and dictatorships.‎

To his credit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu performed an invaluable service over the ‎past decade by single-handedly fighting valiantly to prevent what would have been an ‎automatic global acceptance of Iran as a full-fledged nuclear power. Without Netanyahu's ‎efforts, the sanctions would never have been imposed. Indeed, the civilized world was close to ‎forcing the Iranians to back down -- had it not been for Obama's inexplicable obsession to ‎engage with the ayatollahs.‎

We must now strategize a new approach. In the short-term, our efforts must be directed ‎toward convincing Congress and the American people of the diabolical global consequences if ‎this agreement is implemented.

The prospects of reversing, or at least introducing additional control or supervisory ‎mechanisms instead of blindly trusting the duplicitous Iranians, are not good. However, we ‎must do all possible to persuade Congress to reject the deal, and if necessary achieve a two-‎thirds majority vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate in order to override the ‎president's veto. That would require a substantial number of Democrats to join the majority ‎Republicans in opposing their president and places special pressure on the 28 Jewish ‎legislators, especially Senator Chuck Schumer, who represents a major Jewish constituency but ‎also seeks to become the Senate Democratic leader.‎

Such action necessitates Israeli politicians to urgently set aside their narrow politics and speak ‎out with one voice in order to neutralize claims that it is only right-wing elements in Israeli ‎society that oppose the Iranian deal. ‎

To his credit, Labor Party Chairman Isaac Herzog has already fully endorsed Netanyahu's efforts in ‎opposing the current deal. He has bitterly condemned the agreement and stated that he would ‎visit the U.S. and warn the Americans that, if consummated, it "will unleash a lion from the ‎cage" and enable an "empire of hate and evil" to undermine Israel's security as well as global ‎stability. ‎

More than ever, the time is now opportune for Herzog to override the radicals is his own camp ‎and join a unity government. Were he to assume the role of foreign minister, Israel would be ‎speaking with one voice which would make an enormous impact on global public opinion. ‎Rumors suggest that negotiations are taking place to bring this about, which would be ‎welcomed by the overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens.‎

Israel's challenge is to persuade congressional Democrats to stand up and if necessary ‎repudiate their own president, not merely because he is endangering Israel but because he is ‎undermining the standing and security of the United States and paving the way for the ‎emergence of an evil global power that could unleash a blight on mankind for future ‎generations.‎

The relatively feeble response to date by the traditionally robust American Jewish leadership ‎has been a significant factor in failing to inhibit Obama from implementing anti-Israeli policies -‎‎- at total variance with the inclinations of the majority of Americans and their congressional ‎leaders. ‎

Belatedly, there is now some movement. Howard Kohr, executive director of the American ‎Israel Public Affairs Committee, has launched a major campaign to persuade Congress to reject ‎the deal. Malcolm Hoenlein expressed his personal opposition when he recently visited Israel ‎with the newly elected head of the President's Conference. But that umbrella body, operating ‎by consensus, has yet to make a clear-cut condemnatory statement.

To his credit, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, in what was possibly his last major ‎public statement prior to his retirement, condemned the Obama administration outright. ‎

Many smaller organizations led by the Zionist Organization of America have bitterly protested ‎against Obama's betrayal but most American groups responded in a tepid manner, even after ‎Herzog forthrightly condemned the deal.‎

The American Jewish Committee headed by David Harris expressed concern but avoided ‎calling on members to lobby Congress to veto the deal. ‎

To their shame, the leadership bodies of the Conservative and Reform movements responded ‎with deafening silence, at best, but many of their "progressive" rabbis are actively supporting ‎Obama. Needless to say, J Street, the "pro-Israel, pro-peace" organization, boasts that it is ‎spending millions of dollars to lobby Congress to support the bill.‎

Unless AIPAC succeeds in reversing these trends, the likelihood of convincing sufficient ‎Democratic congressmen and senators to form a two thirds majority to veto Obama's deal is ‎slim. Obama's despicable decision to bypass Congress and have the deal ratified by the United ‎Nations Security Council before the 60-day review period has led to bipartisan outrage from ‎legislators, with Senator Bob Corker describing the act as "an affront to the American people … ‎an affront to Congress and the House of Representatives." Pursuing such a provocative path ‎suggests that Obama still has concerns about the response of Congress.‎

This will be a tough battle but we must resist defeatism. We must remind ourselves that even if ‎this catastrophic agreement is consummated, we are not a powerless nation. The majority of ‎Iranians are not all deranged Islamists seeking an early paradise and will be deterred by the ‎knowledge that we have the capacity to wipe them off the face of the earth should they, God ‎forbid, ever employ nuclear weapons against us.‎

In the past, Israel's impressive ingenuity succeeded in thwarting threatening challenges. The ‎Israeli citizen is not privy to all strategy but we should remain confident and assured that the ‎government is currently formulating Plan B -- a tactic that will continue to safeguard the ‎security of the Jewish nation, even should this catastrophic deal be consummated.‎

We should also be relieved that Obama's term of office expires in less than 18 months. Of course, during that time he may ‎attempt to introduce further harmful policies which could create serious difficulties for us. But ‎we must remain optimistic: Whoever replaces him will hopefully be a major improvement and ‎may seek to quickly initiate measures to prevent the mullahs from broadening the scope of ‎their global terrorist campaigns, restore equilibrium in the region and regain the confidence of ‎the United States' traditional allies, including Israel.‎

In the meantime, we Israelis should unite and remain confident in our ability to deter our enemies, ‎defend ourselves and overcome challenges in the future as we have in the past.‎